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Temple Baptist Church - 3-14-2021Revelation 11:15-19 A. Last week, we saw the end of the first 3 ½ years, marked by the building of the Temple-the Abomination of Desolation-the trodding under foot the outer court of the Temple-and the two witnesses. B. This week, we will prophetically see the beginning of the last 3 ½ years of the Great Tribulation Period. C. It begins with the sounding of the Seventh Angel's trumpet. An announcement of things to come. God has judged the nations of the world in the first part of Jacob's Trouble but notice with me the title of the Tribulation Period: Jacob's Trouble. D. From this point on, the primary target of God's judgement (though it will continue to affect the world) will be the Nation of Israel. Daniel's Seventieth Week is about the judgment and restoration of the Nation of Israel. The Lord has preemptively gathered them back into their homeland of Israel for such a time as this. E. Today, we see them blinded and spiritually sleeping as their rejection of their Messiah and our Saviour, Jesus Christ has blinded their eyes and veiled their hearts to the gospel. Peter preached Christ to the Jews at Pentecost. Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. F. I am glad that the Second Half begins in heaven, totally protected from all that has and will transpire during this terrible time. As God's people, both Old and New Testament, will be with the Lord and not have to endure the wrath of God on earth. The Old Testament Saints - Ephesians 4:8-10 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (9) (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? (10) He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) The New Testament Saints - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (10) Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. (11) Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. G. We hear “great voices from heaven,” pronouncing the beginning of the end, “saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” H. Because of sin, rejection of Christ, and rebellion against God—God has given this world to its own desires and the consequences thereof. Eden was destroyed by sin and mankind became sinful. Choices have consequences. The Kingdoms lost until Righteousness once again reigns. The Kingdoms of this World are of Satan – Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; (9) And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. The “god” of this World is Satan – 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. The People of the World are Disobedient - Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: The Governments of this World are Satanic – Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. J. Verse 15. The kingdoms of this world will once again become the property of God the Father and God the Son for ever and ever! K. Verses 16-17. Here we see the worship of both Old and New Testament Saints found in the four and twenty elders. Representing the 12 Tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and the 12 Apostles of the New Testament. On their faces before the throne of God worshipping Him for: Who He is – “O Lord God Almighty” The Person of God! Psalms 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Acts 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) What He is – “which art, and wast, and art to come” The Immutability of God! Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. What He will do – “because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned” L. Verse 18. “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged.” The impending judgment of God upon the Earth because the nations were still angry with God. Unrepentant! M. Verse 18. “and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great.” The Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place in this time. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (13) Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (14) If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (15) If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Revelation 19:6-9 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. N. Verse 18. The destruction of this humanistic, satanic world so as to set up the Kingdom Age or Millennial Reign of Christ and Eternity. O. Verse 19. The “temple of God was opened in heaven” where the “ark of his testament” is. The place where the precious blood of Christ is applied shows our eternal security and position. Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: (14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? P. Verse 19. “and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail” Now, the Second Half of the Tribulation begins!
Temple Baptist Church - 1-3-2021Revelation 9:1-12 Introduction: A. The inhibiters of the earth are those who have rejected the preaching of the gospel by the 144,000 sealed witnesses. Verse 4 tells us that not all people on earth will be tormented because those who have not rejected the gospel are sealed and protected. Revelation 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! Woe – “Alas, grief!” Alas defined - “unhappiness, pity, sorrow, regret”Grief defined – “deep and poignant emotional distress caused by or as if by bereavement such as death.” B. Choices have consequences! It takes a foolish man to reject God! Twice in Psalms, the Bible declares that “The fool hath said in heart, There is no God!” Psalms 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psalms 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. Psalms 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. C. At this point we have a Horror Story of horrendous proportions! Over the years, Hollywood has made movies about ants, scorpions, spiders, and birds that have mutated and taken over the earth. Destroying everything in their path. In the movies, mankind survives, and the insects or animals are destroyed. These movies always brought about both fear and a good ending. This is not a fictional story nor will the ending be pretty! D. Verse 1. The 5th Angel sounded and the star that fell from heaven is an angel, not a celestial body. We are literalists and take the bible literally, but there are places in the Bible where we find allegories or metaphors. This is one of those occasions. In the Book of Revelation, we find the phrase “as it were” used 11 times. This “star” is an Angel. Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. This angel was given the “key” to the bottomless pit. The word “key” is mentioned in your Bible 6x. The First Mention, an actual key to a door – Judges 3:25 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth. The next 5x that “key” is mentioned are not actual keys to open an actual door, but a specific way to open something. A metaphor for the “power to open”: i.e., “key of David” 2x – “key of knowledge”1x – “key of the bottomless pit” 2x. Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. The “bottomless pit” is a reference to hell within the earth. I find the word “bottomless” interesting. As people go to hell, they evidently sink down into the magma of the earth but, as the earth turns, the bottom is never found. I saw a commercial years ago about Prell Shampoo where they dropped a pearl into a bottle of it and the pearl sand slowly toward the bottom of the bottle. If at any time you rotated the bottle, the pearl could not come to rest because it was simply falling in the opposite direction. Thus, it may be with the lost sinner in hell. Always falling but never coming to rest. E. Verse 2. There arose smoke out of the pit. I think of volcanoes, when they erupt, produce great amounts of smoke and ash. Yellowstone National Park is a place where magma is either exposed or encounters colder water to produce smoke and geysers. Hell, when opened to the atmosphere, will produce such great smoke that the sun will be darkened. Forest fires in the west create this effect to a lesser degree. F. Verse 3. Out of the smoke will come creatures that only God could have created. Locust plagues have been a part of this earth's history over the ages. Locusts are very destructive armies that destroy every living thing (plant life) that they come upon. During their infestation out West that when they walked over the top of houses that they could hardly hear each other talk because of the noise. They will come out of the smoke, but God has given them a power that normal locusts do not have, the power of a scorpion to hurt but not the power to kill. The power to torture those it stings. 2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; G. Verse 4. These locusts that have been unleashed have a command given them, not to do what they want to do, but they will do what they are they are designed to do. They are not designed to hurt the grass or anything green. They are there to hurt the people who have not the seal of God in their foreheads. This means that there are still people that are sealed on this earth at that time. People that are saved and yet not yet martyred. The destructive abilities of the locusts are specifically limited by the permission of God. H. These locusts are there to torment men. There are scorpions out west of a very large variety that can actually be fatal to some if stung but here in South Carolina, we have a smaller species whose stings are very painful but not fatal unless you have a allergy to insect stings or bites. These are sent to torment men for beer to five months and that is a long time. J. Verse 6. Men will desire death but cannot die. They can neither be killed or kill themselves. I find this interesting that they think death is far better than living. Evolution teaches that when you die everything ceases to exist. Like a an animal that has no soul, you just go to sleep and cease to exist, but that is not the case. It is a fool's way of thinking! When you die without Christ, Hell awaits. “All this and hell too!” Then there is the Lake of fire for an eternity. I call this leaping out of the frying pan and into the fire. These individuals want nothing to do with God. They just want to put an end to their suffering here on earth. They want the suffering to stop but do not want the God who can stop it. Job 3:20-22 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; (21) Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; (22) Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? K. Verses 7-10. In verses 7 through 9 we found a description of these creatures that God has created for a special time and use. Verse 7. Like unto horses prepared for battle. In war, horses were powerful instruments of war. Swift to run and powerful to stop. This speaks of readiness to fight. Crowns on their heads speaks of the authority to rule. Power and authority over mankind. Mankind does not want God to rule so He will give them devilish creatures to rule them. The Gold speaks of authority given by God. They are created by God for this purpose. Verse 8. Their faces as the faces of men but their hair was that of a woman. This speaks of shame. A haunting affect! These will not be subject to God's authority, so we find an unnatural ruling. These locusts cannot be ruled by man as their authority is given by God and can only be revoked by God. Their teeth will be like the teeth of Lions. Lions are carnivorous animals of great power. They have huge teeth, and those teeth are able to rip and to tear, giving them a fearful look. Verse 9. They had breastplates to protect their vitals so they cannot be either hurt of killed. Man will have no power over them, and the sound of their wings is a frightful one. As chariots running to battle. They are coming and nothing can be done to stop them. that means that you can't hurt them as the breastplates of iron these you can't perish them you can't shoot one of 'em you can't stab 'em you can't do anything because they are protected from mankind in the sound of their wing as the sound of chair it's in many horses run to battle great noise I mean multitudes of these things flying together create a lot of noise and therefore they create a lot of fear you know there coming and there's not a thing you can do about it Verse 10. Scorpions will normally grab their prey and hold their prey down with their legs while they bring that tail over the back and sting them. There is no power over them and no place to hide from them. No relief from their pain. L. Verse 11. Special angels are found in the Bible and this is one of them. The king of the locust/scorpion creatures is called Abaddon in Hebrew or The Destroying Angel and Apollyon in the Greek, a destroyer. The Angel of Destruction. Throughout the Bible, we have seen angels that God has sent to destroy men. Though some would say that this angel was a fallen angel, I believe that he is one of God's special angels who guards the bottomless pit where men suffer and will command the locusts that will cause men to suffer. 2 Kings 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. 1 Chronicles 21:15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. M. Verse 12. One woe is now past but the world will know the other two woes well!
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